Stunning Film ‘Sea Plastic’ Immerses Viewers in Virtual Experience of Plastic Pollution

Filmmakers The Jetlagged have teamed up with global alliance Plastic Pollution Coalition to release “Sea Plastic,” a beautiful and powerful virtual reality film illustrating the plastic pollution crisis. 

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor, producer, activist, and Plastic Pollution Coalition Notable Member, Tim Robbins, the film takes viewers on a journey through polluted beaches, a river of plastic, under the surface of the ocean, and even into an overflowing and burning landfill. Stunning footage is combined with actions each of us can take to work together to stop plastic pollution.  

In addition to the English version of the film narrated by Tim Robbins, “Sea Plastic” is available in German, narrated by TV presenter and nature filmmaker Dirk Steffens and in Indonesian, narrated by journalist and news presenter Prita Laura, with French, Spanish and Chinese translations forthcoming. After premiering in Germany in September, “Sea Plastic” is now exclusively available on Plastic Pollution Coalition’s website for the next two weeks.

How To Watch

Click on the link here or below and watch the film on your computer or smart phone—you can click and drag to change the perspective. On your smart phone, a circle icon will pop up to change the perspective.

To view the film on your VR headsets, there are two options:

1. For headsets that work with smartphones, touch the VR goggle symbol before inserting the phone into the headset.

2. For headsets with internal apps, like Oculus, open the Youtube app in the VR headset and then enter the title of the film in the search field or the link.

The film is best viewed with a VR headset for the full experience, enabling the viewer to look around.

“Many people do not realize the depth of our global plastic pollution crisis with 91 percent of the plastic that is produced ending up in landfill and our environment,” said Dianna Cohen, a visual artist and Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “Even if you are not a swimmer, snorkeler, or diver, you will be immersed in the ocean and see the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife in the ocean. We are so proud of this beautiful film that educates and inspires people to action.”

Filmmakers Claudia Schmitt and Hendrik Schmitt traveled to Indonesia for several months to capture the footage used in “Sea Plastic.”

“Wherever we went, no matter how remote, we were confronted with plastic pollution. By immersing the viewer in environments that are heavily affected by plastic trash, we want to challenge viewers to rethink their plastic consumption and eventually change their behavior,” said Claudia. “Pristine environments which are not affected by plastic pollution yet contrast the pollution, and we want this to ignite a desire to protect our planet and inspire the viewer to spread the word about the problem with plastic and the solutions available to people in their own communities.”

Watch the film in English.

Watch the film in German 360° MEER-PLASTIK – erzählt von Dirk Steffens

Watch the film in Indonesian 360° LAUTAN PLASTIK – Diriwayatkan oleh Prita Laura

Take action to stop plastic pollution. 

About the Filmmakers

The Jetlagged are award-winning filmmakers, creating powerful films about the underwater world from the polar circle to the equator. They use their cameras to film pristine underwater worlds and vulnerable marine species to raise awareness about the fragility of the oceans and their importance for our planet and promote as divers, promote an environmental lifestyle.

With 360° VR films, they have found a new way of bringing the ocean even closer to the people: the viewers get an experience which totally immerses them in the underwater environment – in a way that almost feels like being there.

The Jetlagged are using the power of media to show what is at stake, but also what can be saved – if a global movement of activism for marine conservation, with personal and political engagement, gives the ocean the chance to recover. Learn more. 

About Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of more than 1,200 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 75 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment. Learn more. 

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